Grinch Cookies

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These Grinch Cookies are inspired by Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! They are chewy sugar cookies that have been colored green and adorned with a red heart! These are based on my popular Easy Sugar Cookies and are sure to be a hit!

If you’ve been following along the last few weeks as I shared lots and lots of Christmas cookies, then today will be a sad day because this is the final of the 10 Christmas cookies! So many great recipes and I’ve linked to them (and more) at the bottom of this post.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas was one of my very favorite Christmas movies as a kid. I still get a little nostalgic when I see it on tv and can’t wait to share it with the boys at some point. While I’m not sure that I fully appreciated the message of the movie as a kid, I certainly do as an adult.

If you live under a rock and have never see it (how is that even possible?!?!), here’s a spoiler. How does the Grinch steal Christmas? He doesn’t! He tries. But he’s unsuccessful because all the people in Whoville still celebrate Christmas anyway – even though the Grinch stole all the decorations and presents. The Whos know Christmas isn’t really about the material stuff, but so much more.

For our family, Christmas is all about the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ, and while that story doesn’t exactly go there, it certainly reminds me of that. It’s a great message either way and a super cute children’s book/movie.

Green Grinch Cookies topped with a small heart shaped sprinkle stacked on a white plate.
Green Grinch Cookies topped with a small heart shaped sprinkle spread out over a cooling rack on a white table top

Grinch Cookies for Christmas

So if you’re a fan like I am, why not bake some cookies to feast on while you enjoy the movie! Or share them with friends or put them out for Santa. Whatever.

These cookies are basically the same thing as my favorite easy sugar cookie recipe. It doesn’t require any chilling, the cookie dough is super easy to make and they make wonderfully soft and chewy sugar cookies in no time!

I ramped these up with some green gel icing color and a red heart – 3 sizes too small – in honor of the Grinch. As far as the coloring goes, you definitely want to use the gel color. Regular food coloring will require quite a bit more to get the same shade of green and that much added liquid will end up thinning out your cookies.

And good news for us bakers – I recently saw gel icing colors in the grocery store on the baking isle. Won’t that make life easier?!

I hope you enjoy these super simple, yet festive Christmas cookies! A fun new tradition to go along with the book and movie!

Green Grinch Cookies topped with a small heart shaped sprinkle spread out over a cooling rack on a white table top

More Great Christmas Cookies To Try

Classic Spritz Cookies
Best Gingerbread Cookie Cutouts
Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
Classic Chewy Snickerdoodles
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Candy Cane Cookies
Soft and Chewy Eggnog Cookies
Southern Pecan Pralines
Reindeer Cookie Balls
Italian Ricotta Cookies
Russian Tea Cakes
Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Cutout Sugar Cookies
No Bake Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons

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Green Grinch Cookies topped with a small heart shaped sprinkle spread out over a cooling rack on a white table top

Grinch Cookies

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 37 minutes
  • Yield: 32-34 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Grinch Cookies are inspired by Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! They are chewy sugar cookies that have been colored green and adorned with a red heart!


  • 2 3/4 cups (358g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (224g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp (233g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (28g) brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Green gel icing color
  • Red heart sprinkles
  • 12 oz white chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugars together in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light in color and fluffy. You should be able to see the change in color happen and know it’s ready.
  4. Add the egg and mix until well combined.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough is well combined. It will be thick and shouldn’t be sticky. Do not over mix. Once it’s well combined, use a rubber spatula to help it come together to form a more cohesive ball.
  7. Color the cookie dough with some green gel icing color. The less the better. You don’t want to add too much more moisture or your cookies will spread too much.
  8. Create 1 1/2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough. Gently roll into balls. At this point, you can refrigerate the cookie dough, or just bake them. If you refrigerate them for an hour or more, your cookies will be a little thicker. If you bake them without refrigerating, they will be a little thinner.
  9. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, set the balls on the baking sheet. At this point, you can add a red heart sprinkle to the top of the cookie dough ball if you like. You could also waiting and attach them after baking if you want to be able to place them in a particular spot.
  10. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes. The cookies will spread and the centers will look soft, but should look done. Remove just before the edges begin to turn golden. Don’t over bake. The cookies will be a little puffy when you take them out of the oven but will fall a bit as they cool.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on baking sheets for 4-5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. If you didn’t add the heart sprinkle prior to baking, melt the white chocolate and use a generous dot of white chocolate to attache the heart to the cookie. Allow to dry.


The sugar amounts are important for these cookies. If you chose to use all granulated sugar, rather than a little brown sugar, the cookie won’t spread quite as much and will be a little thicker and a little less soft.

Be sure to measure the flour accurately. The best way is by weight with a food scale, but if you don’t have one, give your flour a stir, then scoop it out with a measuring scoop. Do not pack it into the measuring cup.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 119
  • Sugar: 7.2 g
  • Sodium: 75.7 mg
  • Fat: 6.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Protein: 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 20.1 mg


About Lindsay

I'm a wife and a mom to twin boys and a baby girl! And I've got a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the treats!

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29